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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2013, 08:06:34 PM »

Brilliant, informative thread Ryan!  I struggle with using the spokeshave so use my drawknife for everything.....I have a No4 travisher but I think it is blunt as I struggle to get any willow off.....

Do you get your tools sharpened professionally or do you do your self mate?
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #31 on: January 06, 2013, 04:57:34 PM »

I actually sharpen all my tools, don't see the point of sending them away when it can be done. However I see round bottom planes and the irons are easier to sharpen then the travisher irons. 

Invest in a decent wet stone and a iron sharpening jig and you'll be fine.
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2013, 10:57:33 AM »

Cheers Ryan...hopefully when your plane arrives i can get rid of my travisher and the headaches!!
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2014, 06:38:29 PM »

What are the best brands under each category of tool

Drawknife
Spokeshave
No4 and No6 travisher
Round bottom plane
Flat bottom plane
Smoothing plane
Block plane
Rasp- (recommend this one very highly http://www.axminster.co.uk/ice-bear-japanese-saw-rasp
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #34 on: April 03, 2014, 06:39:38 PM »

John i have a spare spokeshave and rasp and a couple of vices you can have mate.
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2014, 06:41:55 PM »

Sorby - drawknife older the better
Spokes have - Stanley no 63 round and flat
Stanley hand plane no3
Rasp- bahco
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2014, 06:50:11 PM »

Thanks for the offer Dave and thanks Mr H4L for your input, really appreciate it
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2014, 07:42:31 PM »

are these the correct ones?









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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2014, 07:45:16 PM »

That's the spokeshave and plain I have going spare bud.
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2014, 05:46:44 AM »

Them's the ones, Garret. No.3 planes are a wee bit smaller and lighter than No. 4's (as you might expect!) You can find them for around 20 if you keep your eyes open. Snell and Atherton heel shaves are the only tool missing on the list for me but they do the same job as travishers.

I'd agree that the older your spoke shave or drawer knife, the better. Something to do with the way steel was forged in the old days makes the blades super hard.

Another good rule of thumb when selecting planes is: The thicker the blade the better. Older, wooden planes normally have thicker irons that sail though stock and are less likely to 'chatter' as you work the timber. If you're lucky enough to find a Clifton, Lie Neilsen or Veritas plane for less than a million dollars (you won't!) then snap it up!
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2014, 06:17:45 AM »

As fez said the older the better , I find boot fairs ,antique shops and ebay the best places

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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #41 on: April 04, 2014, 07:56:03 AM »

those lie nielsen ones certainly look the part but the no 3 plane is 250  :o



and the block plane looks even better, not bad for 85 i suppose

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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2014, 10:32:52 AM »

Ryan's original image of the "Number 5 Vice" is now not available - can someone recommend me one?

I had assumed something like that would work (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111172847186?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) - but now I'm not sure that's the best thing to go for?
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2014, 05:44:52 AM »

Lie Nielsen use cast bronze instead of steel. Nice :)
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Re: A quick guide to making your first bat
« Reply #44 on: April 14, 2014, 09:44:27 PM »

Which is best a Lie Nielsen no 3 or no 5 1/2 ? I have read that a 5 1/2 can do anything
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